our team
Our company is led by a team that has a goal of building a fully integrated rare earth production and processing firm in the United States.
EXECUTIVE TEAM
MARK C. JENSEN
Chief executive officer & chairman of board
Mark has been instrumental in all aspects of acquiring, restructuring and building mining operations over the past decade. Having managed through 2009 and 2015 downturns, he has been able to work with his team to significantly expand the Company’s asset base through strategic acquisitions and organic growth in a very accretive manner. Mark is a graduate from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with Bachelor degrees in Finance and International Studies.
Tom M. Sauve
President & Director
Tom has over 12 years leading and managing mining operations and over 15 years investing, restructuring and building businesses. Having managed the due diligence process and closing, staffing and ramp up of three acquisitions in twelve months, he has a history of successfully identifying mining operations that have the ability to meet the company’s model of cost cutting and efficiency. Tom is a graduate from University of Rochester (Economics degree) and additional business studies from the Simon School of Business.
Kirk P. Taylor, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Kirk has over 16 years of accounting & auditing work at various national public accounting firms focused on tax advantaged business structuring. While integrating three acquisitions in twelve months, Kirk has implemented a robust and scalable accounting and financial backbone, and has built a finance, accounting and purchasing staff that is streamlined with checks and balances to ensure cost controls. Kirk is a graduate of Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with Bachelor degrees in Accounting and Finance and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne.
tarlis R. thompson
Chief operating Officer
Tarlis overseas all operations at American Resources’ Central Appalachian subsidiaries, which includes McCoy Elkhorn, Deane Mining, and Knott County Coal. In this role he manages the activities at the company’s various processing facilities and loadout, coordinates production at the company’s various mines, manages environmental compliance and reclamation, and is responsible for quality control and shipments to customers. Tarlis has over 15 years of experience with companies that include Commercial Testing & Engineering, SGS Minerals, Massey Energy and CAM Mining.
Gregory Q. Jensen, JD, PhD.
General Counsel
Greg has over 12 years of legal experience focused on complex case management and litigation in both the public and private sector. He’s an experienced negotiator and litigator of high profile and precedent setting cases while serving on both active and reserve duty as a United States Marine Corps Officer and “JAG” over the past 12 years. Currently promoted to the rank of Major. Greg is a graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with Bachelors degree in Finance. Additional degrees earned from Indiana University with legal focus include: PHD (minor in law), JD (law) and LLM (international and comparative law).
David M. Sauve
Finance Manager
David manages all data aggregation, organization and analysis for American Resources Corporation including vendor invoicing, permit management, tax calculations, and daily production statistics. Additionally he uses his background in statistics and actuarial mathematics to track key operational parameters, variances, and correlations within the company’s operations in order to provide resources and data for enhanced efficiency gains across American Resources Corporation’s subsidiaries. A graduate of the University at Albany’s department of Mathematics and Statistics, David is now an Actuarial Student of the Society of Actuaries and has successfully completed SOA exams in probability, financial mathematics, models for financial economics, statistics for risk modeling, and short-term actuarial mathematics.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MARK C. JENSEN
Chief executive officer & chairman of board
Mark has been instrumental in all aspects of acquiring, restructuring and building mining operations over the past decade. Having managed through 2009 and 2015 downturns, he has been able to work with his team to significantly expand the Company’s asset base through strategic acquisitions and organic growth in a very accretive manner. Mark is a graduate from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with Bachelor degrees in Finance and International Studies.
Tom M. Sauve
President & Director
Tom has over 12 years leading and managing mining operations and over 15 years investing, restructuring and building businesses. Having managed the due diligence process and closing, staffing and ramp up of three acquisitions in twelve months, he has a history of successfully identifying mining operations that have the ability to meet the company’s model of cost cutting and efficiency. Tom is a graduate from University of Rochester (Economics degree) and additional business studies from the Simon School of Business.
Michael layman
INDEPENDENT Director, chairman of audit & compensation Committee
Mr.Layman is a well-established financial industry executive with a track record for driving value and growth for both private and publicly traded companies.Mr. Layman currently serves as General Partner/CEO of Emerald Shoals Targeted Opportunities Fund LP, a hybrid growth fund backed by a network of ultra-high net worth individuals seeking novel opportunities to invest in high-growth catalyst driven companies. Prior to his current role at Emerald Shoals, Mr.Layman served at a large top-four brokerage house where he was co-owner of a private wealth management group where he was responsible for identifying attractive and undervalued investment opportunities. Additionally, he also aided in the development and implementation of various investment strategies based on differing types of needs from conservative to aggressive growth.Additionally, Mr. Layman previously worked for a private equity fund in New York where he established a strong network of relationships with research analysts and investment bankers at a number of Wall Street firms. Mr. Layman obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Otterbein University.
Gerardine botte, Ph.D.
INDEPENDENT Director, member of compensation & Audit Committee
Dr. Botte has over 21 years of experience in the development of electrochemical processes and advanced water treatment. She has served in leadership roles for the Electrochemical Society and is currently the Chair of the Electrochemical Process Engineering and Technology Division of the International Society of Electrochemistry. Dr. Botte also serves as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Applied Electrochemistry. In 2014, she was named a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society for her contributions and innovation in electrochemical processes and engineering. She became a Chapter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2012. In 2010, she was named a Fellow of the World Technology Network for her contributions on the development of sustainable and environmental technologies. Prior to Texas Tech, Dr. Botte was University Distinguished Professor and Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Ohio University, the founder and Director of Ohio University’s Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research, and the founder and Director of the Consortium for Electrochemical Processes and Technology – an Industry University Cooperative Research Center. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led to the commercialization of various technologies and has founded and co-founded various companies to help achieve this goal.
Courtenay O. Taplin
Independent Director, MEMBER OF AUDIT COMMITTEE
Courtenay brings over 40 years of experience of sourcing and supplying iron ore, coke and metallurgical carbon to the steel industry to advise American Resources with their supply chain, logistics, customers, overall corporate strategy. He has a vast knowledge of both the global and domestic marketplace where he works with both suppliers and consumers. Courtenay currently runs his own company, Compass Point Resources, LLC which he founded in 2007. His prior experience includes Crown Coal & Coke Company and Pickands Mather Group out of Cleveland, OH. Courtenay is a graduate of Proctor Academy. He attended Hobart College and received a degree from Case Western Reserve University. Courtenay spent many years as the Division Chairman for United Way of Cleveland and is currently a long-standing member of Waite Hill, Ohio Village Council and Chairman of the Police and Safety Committee.
ADVISORY BOARD
RandaL v. Stephenson
Chairman of the advisory board
Mr. Stephenson brings over 25 years of experience and relationships in the finance, private equity and investment banking sector to assist American Resources as the company continues its path of growth. He is co-founder and CEO of a boutique FINRA-licensed broker dealer focused in the natural resources industry and has started and expanded several successful investment banking platforms at Merrill Lynch, Jefferies, CIT Group and Duff & Phelps. Randal started and managed a mining & metals equity investment subsidiary of a global trading company, acquiring over $1.0 billion in operating businesses and assets starting from just a corporate development plan. He has worldwide relationships with corporations, financial sponsors, entrepreneurs and governments and has closed over 200 transactions valued in excess of $40 billion. Randal graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University and his Juris Doctorate (with honors) from Boston College Law School. He is an attorney admitted to practice in New York, and holds the Series 7, 79, 63 and 24 securities licenses.